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Reconstructing the Kristalbad project : A case study on the process of a multifunctional water project studied through the conceptual lens of the Contextual Interaction Theory

Mooiman, D.E. (2016) Reconstructing the Kristalbad project : A case study on the process of a multifunctional water project studied through the conceptual lens of the Contextual Interaction Theory.

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Abstract:This study explores the Kristalbad project; a multi-functional wetland located in the Eastern part of the Netherlands (between Hengelo and Enschede). In this project, that formed part of regional land development plan, multiple public actors (e.g. the regional water board, municipalities and the Province of Overijssel) collaborated on realising several – distinctive – objectives. What happened during the course of the process of the Kristalbad project that the different actors were working together? How were linkages created between the involved governmental institutions and in what way were these linkages maintained and influenced by involved actors? These questions led to the central research question: What were the boundary spanning activities within the Kristalbad project that influenced the course of the process? The research objective was to study the Kristalbad project by applying theoretical concepts of adaptive water management and boundary spanning to a concrete, realised project. In the study the framework of the Contextual Interaction Theory was used to describe the specific context of the Kristalbad project and to explain how actors interacted (by defining their core characteristics within interaction processes). By reconstructing the process a good insight was given on how the project developed, how the actors collaborated and what the crucial moments were. Connections between water-challenges and non-water-related matters and various challenges were made through broadening boundary judgements and applying boundary-spanning strategies. To answer the research question a qualitative research was performed. By analysing the primary and secondary data, such as interviews and policy records, was learned that objectives from the involved stakeholders were accommodated within the water board’s project plan. By involving multiple sectors extra complexity was added, which created the opportunity to realise a plan where all the stakeholders benefitted from and agreed on.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Waterschap Vechtstromen, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71487
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